SUSS-601542: Early Medieval coin: Penny of Hathacnut

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Unique ID: SUSS-601542

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Early Medieval silver penny of Hathacnut (1035-1040AD) minted in the name of Cnut, 'Arm and Sceptre' type, minted by Leofric at Chichester, June 1040 - June 1042, North 799.


These coins were initially thought to be Posthumous issues of Cnut but are now sometimes argued to be an abbreviated or alternative form of Harthacnut. See EMC 1040.1778 for a possible die duplicate. The coin is slightly distorted with a tear to one side.


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1040
Date to: AD 1042

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 0.7 mm
Weight: 0.9 g
Diameter: 18.6 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 30th August 2007

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Penny
Ruler/issuer: Harthacnut
Mint or issue place: Chichester
Category: Coin of the kings of All England 924/5-1066

Type: N 799 ('Cnut' Arm and Sceptre)
Obverse description: Diademed bust facing left holding sceptre to left
Obverse inscription: +CNVT [REX AN]
Reverse description: Voided short cross, quadrilateral with pellet a each angle and in centre
Reverse inscription: +LEFRIC ON CICEESRE
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Hardly worn: extremely fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: West Sussex (County)
District: Chichester (District)
To be known as: Near Chichester

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 11 years ago

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